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Learning How To Paint With Oil Paints

Updated on September 9, 2013
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If you're new to painting and want to learn how to paint with oil paints, you've come to the right hub. With right instructions and proper guidance painting can be learned reasonably quickly.

Like with everything else, in order to learn painting, you'll need to start with the basics.

Painting is not as hard as most people believe, but it's not easy either. There is a lot of know-how to be obtained and there are a ton of details every oil painter should be aware of.

Oil painting is a very traditional form of art. It was used in Asia more than 1500 years ago, but really took of in Renaissance Europe in the 15th century. Old Masters used oil paint to create timeless works of art.

Oil painting is a wonderful way to express your personality and individuality. So let's start. What do you need to start painting with oil.

First, you should know that talent alone won't make you a master artist. You need to learn the fundamentals and work your way up. Knowledge is important - composition, lighting, perspective, color theory, and so on, are all things you should get familiar with.

I know this may sound overwhelming, especially if you're just starting out, but it's important, if you ever want to go beyond amateur-level. If you're really serious about becoming a proficient painter, I would recommend painting lessons. Learning to paint doesn't have to be expensive or difficult, and you can do it by yourself at home.

One of the most complete painting lessons that I have come around is a DVD video instruction course called - Learn And Master Painting. Check it out, it's definitely worth a look.

Painting With Oil Paints

What do you need in order to start painting with oils?

  • A place to work - it should have a good ventilation
  • Adjustable easel - so you won't strain your back
  • Canvas - to paint on
  • Painting clothes - it will get messy
  • Brushes - don't skimp on the quality here
  • Oil paints - go for quality
  • Thinner or turpentine or turpenoid - used for thinning and cleaning brushes. Caution - this stuff is highly flammable.
  • Palette and palette knives - to mix colors
  • A desire to paint - very important

Always remember, it's important to have the right materials. It will make your life much easier.



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    • markomitic profile image


      7 years ago from Toronto

      Great hub. Thank you for the info. Every artist needs to know this or get reminded. Thank you.

    • sheryld30 profile image


      9 years ago from California

      Yes!! So glad you did a hub on this. Been looking for exactly this!! Thanks. This is awesome!! :)


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